Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal faced Quinton “Rampage” Jackson for what should prove to be the last time tonight, and he had his hand raised yet again.
The judges came back with identical 29-28 scorecards for King Mo, who had little trouble controlling the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion in the clinch and on the mat to earn the win in the eyes of the officials.
Rampage’s appearance was cause for concern, as he weighed in at a larger than expected 253 pounds and appeared to labor through parts of the fight. Rampage has been widely known to let his weight balloon between fights, and many suspected that with this fight being at heavyweight, he may take the opportunity to come into the bout a bit overweight.
However, the biggest impediment to Rampage’s cause was certainly the strength and wrestling game of King Mo. Mo took the first and third rounds largely based on the strength of his control and takedowns. Meanwhile, Rampage’s only real bright spot came in the second, where he hurt King Mo with a left hook. However, Lawal recovered and Rampage was never able to put his opponent in any real danger again.
Rampage’s future is unclear following the loss, while King Mo’s next move is more apparent- he’ll face former UFC light heavyweight Ryan Bader in June.
In other action, Emmanuel Sanchez was victorious in a three-round fight against former Bellator bantamweight champ Marcos Galvao. All three judges scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Sanchez, who landed strikes seemingly at will while using his takedown defense to prevent Galvao from plying his trade on the mat. In all, Sanchez ceded just one takedown during the fight, and it was in the closing seconds of the bout.
Veteran heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov performed well against Chase Gormley, providing the best knockout of the night with a first round KO of Chase Gormley. A textbook two-punch combo spelled the end for Gormley not long after Kharitonov had found himself in danger due to the powerful punches of Gormley. Ultimately, a right uppercut was all she wrote for Gormley, who drops to 14-6 while Kharitonov is now 24-6 as a pro.